Harrison County forest fires being investigated

Harrison County Fire Rescue Chief Pat Sullivan tells News 25 his department is investigating six woodland fires as possible arson.

After a recent spate of suspicious woods fires, two more cropped up on Bell Creek Road yesterday, threatening a mobile home and livestock.

The Mississippi Forestry Commission assisted with the response.

Fires over the weekend affected three to four hundred acres of land and threatened multiple homes.

Sullivan emphasized these fires are concerning because they divert department resources while firefighters still have to take regular calls like structure fires. Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said, “There’s a way of burning property off, and that’s different from when you burn somebody else’s property and don’t notify the authorities, get permits, those kinds of things. Arson is something that’s dangerous — people’s homes have burned, people have gotten hurt, firefighters have gotten hurt in arson fires, so we’re really concerned about that.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers or Harrison County Fire Rescue.

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